Pleurothallis platystylis Schltr. 1912 SUBGENUS Specklinia SECTION Effusae Lindl. 1842 Photo courtesy of Noble Bashor.

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Common Name The Broad Column Pleurothallis

Flower Size about 1/2" [about 1.2 cm]

Found in Hidalgo, Puebla, Veracruz, Oaxaca and Chiapas states of Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua in cloud forests on steep slopes as a small to medium sized, hot to cool growing epiphyte that occurs at elevations of 150 to 2000 meters with a terete ramicaul enveloped completely by tubular, scarious sheaths carrying a single, apical, ovate, retuse, attenuate into the short petiolate base leaf that blooms on 1 to 2, apical, erect to pendulous, 4 to 8" [10 to 20 cm] long, racemose, several to many [12 to 20] flowered inflorescence with simultaneously opening flowers all facing the same direction occuring in the summer and winter.

Oaxaca Mx., 2073m elev. on Gulf side of mountains north of Oaxaca city, epiphytic and very common.

Similar to P sclerophylla but differs in having a different shaped lip, non-long attenuate sepals and they are not hairy on the inside.

Synonyms Anathallis platystylis (Schltr.) Pridgeon & M.W.Chase 2001; Effusiella platystylis Luer 2007; Pleurothallis bernoullii Schltr. 1918; Specklinia platystylis (Schltr.) Luer 2004; Stelis platystylis (Schltr.) Solano & Soto Arenas, Icon. Orchid. 10: t. 1097 (2008

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of Guatemala and Belize Ames & Correll 1952; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Las Orquedias De El Salvador Vol 2 Hamer 1974 drawing hmm/photo ok; Las Orquideas de El Salvador Vol 3 Hamer 1981 drawing ok; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum plate 1120 Dodson 1984 drawing ok; Systematics of Pleurothallis Vol 3 Luer 1986; Lindleyana Vol 16 No 4 2001 as Anathallis platystylis; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XX Luer 2000 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Luer 2004 as Specklinia platystylis; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXIX Luer 2007 as Effusiella platystylis; Icones Orchidacearum fascile 10 plate 1097 Hagsater & Soto 2008 as Stelis platystylis drawing fide

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